Driving on Wet Road Conditions
With fall beginning, the road conditions tend to be more slick than usual. The rainy season and leaves falling make the roadways more dangerous. Driving in even a light rain can be dangerous. The more it rains, the more water accumulates on the road. Leaves on roads are even more of a hazard when it has been raining. Leaves and water on the roadways make it much harder to stop or control your vehicle in the event of an emergency.
Make sure your vehicle is checked properly to be driven in this type of weather. Tires and brakes are most important. They can affect the car’s ride, handling, traction, and safety. Check the pressure, tread depth, and sidewalls for cracks or punctures to be sure they are safe to drive on. At each oil change, brake linings, drums, rotors, and brake fluid should be checked. Windshield wiper blades should be replaced every six months or when damaged.
When driving in wet conditions, be cautious of your surroundings. Driving in rain with leaves on the road can be as dangerous as driving in the snow. Never drive your car through water if you can’t tell how deep it is. Drive at a lower speed to increase traction, reaction time, and spacing between you and the car in front of you. If you begin to slide, steer in the direction of the slide and apply even pressure to your brakes. Hydroplaning is very common in wet conditions.
Follow these steps if you begin to hydroplane:
- Do NOT apply your brakes
- Take your foot off the gas
- If possible, shift your car into neutral
- Steer your car in the direction you want to go
- Do NOT make any sudden adjustments
Be careful and use extra caution when driving on wet roadways and leaves. If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident, contact one of our attorneys to get the help you need.